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first_imgSeattle Seahawks cornerback Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) squares up against Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Not as big a game as it could have been, but to the Cardinals, there is still something to play for.With a win, the Cardinals would put a dent in the Seahawks’ hopes of earning a first-round bye. With a win, they would produce a signature victory in a season that has lacked much to get excited over. But if ever there was a game where playing for pride could be enough motivation, this is it.“Oh this is definitely — the next two games,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “For sure. You have an opportunity to go up against divisional opponents; you always want to come out on top, no matter what the circumstances may be.”Just, few expect them to do so.The Cardinals enter the game roughly a touchdown underdog, which is as large a spread as they have seen in recent seasons. Injuries and inconsistency have led to their disappointing season, and though they have gone to Seattle and won in the past, little has happened this year to inspire confidence that it will now.Kickoff is slated for 2:25 p.m. Saturday.“Playing against Seattle, there’s only two options: you going to either be the hammer or you’re going to be the nail, and you’ve got to decide early what it’s going to be,” Fitzgerald said, noting he will be facing off with the hard-hitting Kam Chancellor throughout the afternoon. “From the time you step on that field you’ve got to understand what it’s going to be, it’s going to be a physical altercation for 60 minutes. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – With 62 yards from scrimmage, David Johnson would be the first player in franchise history to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards in a season. With 100 total yards, he would extend his NFL-record streak of games to open a season with 100 yards from scrimmage to 15, and tie Barry Sanders for the most consecutive such games in a single season.– Johnson needs one touchdown to have 18 total this season, which would be a franchise record. With a rushing score, he would tie John David Crow (1962) for the most rushing touchdowns in team history.– If Carson Palmer passes for at least 300 yards, he would establish a franchise record with 23 total 300-yard performances.– Both Chandler Jones and Markus Golden enter the game with eight sacks; if they can each record two more over the final two games, they would become the 10th and 11th players in franchise history to post a double-digit sack season.– Receiver J.J. Nelson has scored a touchdown in three straight games. That, and they wouldn’t mind ruining things for the Seahawks.“We’ve got nothing to lose; why not go out there and just lay it on the line and make it miserable for them on Christmas,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “I mean, honestly, we’ve got nothing to lose.”That mindset, according to head coach Bruce Arians, means the team should not head to CenturyLink Field tight.“Just go out and play as hard as you can, and add the score up at the end,” he added.Arians, who guided the Cardinals to the playoffs in two of his first three seasons with the team, but fell short this season, said any time a team is out of the running the goal is to play spoiler, but no matter when in the season this game came there would have been excitement for it.“This is a game that we always look forward to, is playing them,” he said.It takes both sides to really make a rivalry, but for the Cardinals, at least, Seattle is one of theirs. Since the Seahawks beat the Cardinals 58-0 late in the 2012 season, under Arians, the Cardinals have won two of their seven matchups (with one tie). While that may not seem like a great mark, it’s worth noting both of those wins came in Seattle, where visitors rarely come out on top. And with Carson Palmer under center, the Cardinals are 2-2-1 against the Seahawks. “And if you don’t have that kind of mentality it’s going to be a long day.”Stories for pre-game readingSafety Tony Jefferson feels like he got snubbed by the Pro Bowl votersSports Illustrated thinks the Cardinals surrounded Palmer with a pretty good situationDavid Johnson’s idol, Emmitt Smith, reached out to the Cardinals’ young Pro Bowl backLarry Fitzgerald really does not know what he plans on doing as it pertains to the 2017 seasonFor the Cardinals, the Wildcat formation has ‘been a blessing in disguise’Michael Floyd spoke out about his DUI, the Cardinals and his new team710 Sports’ Brady Henderson helped give some insight into the Seahawks as they prepare for the CardinalsRookie Harlan Miller is set to make his NFL debut for the Cardinals in SeattleMiscellany– With a win, the Cardinals would improve to 3-1 at CenturyLink Field under Arians, and would have as many wins in Seattle as the rest of the NFL combined since 2013.– A victory would give Arians his 40th win as the Cardinals’ coach, putting him alone at third on the franchise’s all-time list.– Fitzgerald needs one catch to have a reception in 194 consecutive games. With 31 receiving yards, he would pass Reggie Wayne for 9th place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list. With two catches, he would become one of seven players in league history with at least 100 receptions in four different seasons, and with 51 yards he would reach 1,000 for the season, giving him eight such campaigns in his career. How about to coach?“It’s fun,” Arians said. “It’s really fun when you win. The many times I’ve been there it wasn’t a lot of fun, but the last couple of years have been pretty good. But it’s a great crowd, it’s non-stop, and it’s a heck of a venue.”For players like Fitzgerald and Palmer, the pressure that comes with facing the Seahawks on the road is something they have dealt with and pushed through. For others, like left tackle John Wetzel, Saturday will be their first time playing in such conditions.“All you hear is it’s a big, crazy environment, it gets really loud,” Wetzel said. “The fans are pretty crazy up there and it’s hard to hear, so the silent count, getting it off in there, will be pivotal.”Arians, noting the challenge, said despite the intensity in the stadium his younger players will have to stay focused — especially on offense. Wetzel believes the atmosphere can work in their favor, too.“Even with that loud noise, it kind of gets you going too, makes you feel like you’re in a special environment,” he said. “So it gets you going. It’s a big game.”center_img Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — When the NFL schedule was first released, it was hard not to look at Week 16 and think of how the Cardinals’ trip to Seattle could carry great significance.It doesn’t, at least, not the kind many thought it would.At 9-4-1, the Seahawks have clinched the NFC West and have an eye on the conference’s second seed; at 5-8-1, the Cardinals are out of the playoff race but would like to finish their season on a positive note. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Yeah, it’s a special place to play,” Palmer said of CenturyLink Field. “It’s so much fun to compete in that environment and you only get to do it once a year.“We’ve been thinking about this game for a long time, since we played them last. It’s on Christmas (Eve), it’s a special day. It’s a big game for them. They need to win it. It’s a big game for us. I’m really looking forward to it.”Fun to compete in Seattle? Really?This season, so far, the Seahawks are a perfect 7-0 at home. Last season they were a pedestrian 5-3, but in 2014 and 2013 they were 7-1, and in 2012 they went 8-0.It’s going to be cold and wet Saturday, with a high of 38 degrees in Seattle and a roughly 90 percent chance of rain. It’s also going to be loud. Very, very loud.“Seattle’s hands down my favorite place to play, any place I’ve ever played in the National Football League, this is my favorite,” Fitzgerald said. “The energy in that building, how good they are defensively; it’s just a great place to go play and if you play well, you can play well anywhere.“You can’t hear yourself, you can’t hear Carson in the huddle on third downs. Their personnel is unbelievable. It’s just a great atmosphere, and as a competitive player, there’s no better place to play.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   The eighth annual Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game brought local and national stars together to raise money for his charity organization.David Johnson looked healthy as ever as he hit a home run and celebrated.Touch ’em all.@DavidJohnson31 with a HR to deep center at #FitzSoftball.— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 22, 2018The Suns’ Devin Booker made an appearance as well. Top Stories (Photo from @AZCardinals Twitter) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Book joining the Home Run Derby! #FitzSoftball— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 22, 2018Other participants included former and current NFL players such as Calais Campbell, Terrell Owens and Jalen Ramsey. Diana Taurasi also got in on the action.An extended thank you to @LarryFitzgerald for the fun day yesterday! #FitzSoftball— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) April 22, 2018The First Down fund was founded in 2004 to help fund activities for kids and families in crisis and support health-related organizations, according to its website. It donates to several charities each year.It also partnered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to help underprivileged kids internationally receive hearing aids, Paradise Valley Lifestyle reported. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The latest episode of “Cardinals Flight Plan” gave fans a look at the start of the 2019 season, providing exclusive footage of the start of OTAs.Team president Michael Bidwill, head coach Kliff Kingsbury, defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and general manager Steve Keim addressed Cardinals staff to start the year.Joseph pitched his “attack-minded defense,” Kingsbury ran through the offense and Keim discussed No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray and what he called a “tremendous haul” in the 2019 NFL Draft. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Footage from OTAs was shown, and that included Murray throwing the ball and quotes from a handful of teammates saying to believe the hype.Related LinksCardinals ILB Haason Reddick hopes 2 years of learning sparks leapLarry Fitzgerald visited the Arizona Diamondbacks clubhouse, revealing his process into becoming one of the greatest wide receivers of all time.“Just because I might not clock the same time as some of the other guys doesn’t mean I can’t be effective and play the same way,” he said. “I think it’s always important to remember the things that you do well.”Up next was a tour of the rookie hotel in Tempe, including roommate receivers Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson running through the long days of getting up to speed in the NFL.Fitzgerald made an appearance at a Garth Brooks concert and spending a night with a young fan playing games at an arcade.The next episode of “Cardinals Flight Plan” will further document OTAs and is set to be released on June 13. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 15 3 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img2. Northern Lake Baikal, RussiaAnother amazing lake, this one is located in southern Siberia and is the world’s largest freshwater bit of blue. The water round these parts freezes into sheets of turquoise ice in winter that might look more at home in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Temperatures can plummet to -19°C from December to February, so don’t forget to pack the onesie.  Search for flights to Luang Prabang 1. Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaFrozen in the depths of winter, the world’s largest salt flat is transformed in to a giant sky-reflecting mirror during rainy season. The pools left over from this monumental prehistoric lake create a shimmering, illusory horizon, making it one of the best places to visit in the world if you like a good trick shot or fun selfie! 7. The Door to Hell, TurkmenistanOk, so it’s actually a geyser, but ‘Door to Hell’ sounds much catchier doesn’t it? Plus, this burning pool of lava in Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert looks just how you’d expect a gateway to the underworld to look: red and hot and steamy. We’ve got more bucket-list sights in our round-up of the best natural wonders of the world. 3. Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, LaosAlready a top holiday destination for backpackers, the Laotian city of Luang Prabang is temptingly close to Kuang Si Falls, a three tier splash spectacular with waters so clear and blue it’ll be hard to resist jumping straight in. Hike the trails around the area to escape the tour groups and find your own secret slice of paradise. 4. Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, ChileAdmire the amazing Andes and visit one of South America’s most beautiful National Parks. Get your llama legs on and go hiking over mountains loaded with the white stuff and across glorious glaciers. Read all about the best places to travel in South America with our guide. 5. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USAMore wet stuff to blow your socks off, this time in North America. This natural pool, with its rainbow coloured waters, is found in Yellowstone National Park and is the third largest hot spring in the world. Get further off the beaten track in the US with our look at 5 secret states in America. Search for flights to Peru Search for flights to Bolivia Search for flights to Wyoming 6. Huacachina, PeruCatch a glimpse of this impressive desert oasis, built in the 1930s around an existing watering hole. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the lake’s legendary resident, a mermaid. Peru’s also home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu and a brilliant holiday destination – take a look at our full guide to find out more. Search for flights to Russia Search for flights to Chile Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: Search for flights to Indonesia 9. Mount Rinjani, Lombok, IndonesiaA couple of days of tough climbing is well-rewarded at the summit of Mount Rinjani, the second highest active volcano in Indonesia, with this spectacular view. A crater lake, affectionately known as ‘Child of the Sea’ by locals, sits pretty at the top of this epic climb. And don’t miss the chance to see dragons while you’re in Indonesia, at Komodo National Park. Check out our other gorgeous photo galleries:12 of the world’s most beautiful beachesWelcome to paradise. Here is our selection of 12 of the most perfect beaches in the world7 of the world’s most extraordinary natural phenomenaMake your holiday memories a little bit extra special by seeing these seven spectacular natural events, from solar eclipses to the Northern Lights.Visit the ‘Grasslands’ Planet Earth II locationsThe BBC’s Planet Earth II recently featured the world’s grasslands, a mind-blowing display of the world’s most breathtaking natural landscapes. From Australia’s Northern territories to the frozen wastelands of the Arctic Tundra, here’s where they’re located and how to get there.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedIn pictures: totally tropical winter sunSun, sea, sand… escape the winter with our stunning collection of beautiful beaches and exotic holiday destinations.10 most amazing natural wonders of the world: in pictures10 of the world’s top natural beauties in one stunning photo gallery.Off the beaten track: check out these exciting alternative destinationsIn partnership with Do you like to do things differently? Are you sick of going to the same old places on holiday? The same places that your friends and family have already been to and bored you about? As part of the FinTech wave sweeping the banking industry, Starling Bank… Thomas CookAlitaliaAegean Airlines Search for flights to Turkmenistanlast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIn celebration of the much anticipated Steven Spielberg-directed film ‘The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,’ Rocco Forte’s Hotel Amigo and Moulinsart are rolling out the red carpet for Belgium’s favorite comic book hero and his loyal sidekick Snowy with two new exciting Tintin experiences.Located in the historic heart of Brussels, and moments away from the giant Tintin mural in the Rue de L’Etuve and the Tintin Boutique near the Grand Place, Hotel Amigo is an ideal base for anyone wishing to set off on an adventure in the young reporter’s footsteps. While many of the adventures of Tintin and his faithful fox terrier see him traveling across the globe, the stories are always linked to his hometown of Brussels. Armed with a detailed Tintin map provided by the hotel, tracing his steps around the Belgian capital now requires none of the young adventurer’s detective skills.Hitting the Tintin trail, fans can walk through the Brussels’ park depicted in King Ottokar’s Sceptre, visit the concert hall that inspired the Hippodrome in The Seven Chrystal Balls and browse antiques at the daily flea market on the Place du Jeu de Ball – the setting for the film’s opening scene in which Belgium’s national hero buys his best friend Captain Haddock a model ship.No adventure would be complete without a visit to the Hergé Museum, located 30 minutes from Brussels’ city centre. With tickets included in both of Hotel Amigo’s Tintin experiences, guests can explore this astounding piece of architecture which contains more than 80 original print plates along with a plethora of documents and photographs, highlighting the work and life of the comic book mastermind.Upon returning to Hotel Amigo, intrepid explorers can relax with a Loch Lomond Whisky, the favorite tipple of Captain Haddock, in the bar or continue their Tintin-inspired trip in one of four uniquely designed rooms.One luxurious suite and three deluxe rooms have been cleverly redesigned to incorporate memorabilia relating to the boy reporter’s adventures including artwork donated by Moulinsart (the Hergé Foundation), original lithographs, figurines of Tintin and his friends, the famous canes and black bowler hats worn by the bumbling comic detectives Thomson & Thompson and statues of the mythical creatures that featured in the film, the rooms will delight Tintin fans at every turn.The Hergé Suite tells the story of Tintin and Brussels, with images depicting his adventures in local locations such as the flea market at the Place du Jeu de Balle, La Monnaie Theatre and the Royal Palace. The living room showcases a Tintin bust and the Fetiche Arumbaya figurine from ‘The Broken Ear’ comic book. Snowy can be found snoozing on the armchair, and there is a replica of the famous rocket from ‘Destination Moon’. An image of Nestor, the long-suffering butler at Captain Haddock’s Marlinspike home, sees him answering the room’s phone. Additionally, the suite has a chest filled with Tintin comic books, and a large book on the hero’s history.An Interconnecting room is decorated with images of the six key characters: Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock, Thomson & Thompson, Bianca Castafiore and Professor Calculus, awhile the bathroom features a figurine of the shark-like submarine from ‘Tintin and the Lake of the Sharks’.A further two interconnecting rooms are dedicated to Spielberg’s movie, ‘The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.’ The film combines the stories of ‘The Crab with the Golden Claws’, ‘The Secret of the Unicorn’ and ‘Red Rackham’s Treasure.’ Tintin fans young and old will revel in the rooms, which are filled with reproductions from the three adventures, including a model of the Unicorn ship, a big wooden statue of the Arumbaya figure and black-and-white images of Tintin and Captain Haddock. A picture of Snowy answering the phone is complemented by a replica of the phone itself, and there is another chest full of Tintin comic books for fans to enjoy.www.roccofortehotels.comlast_img read more

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first_imgCunard’s QE2 bid farewell to America today in a poignant celebration befitting the company’s longest serving liner, recognized as the most famous ship in the world. On her 710th and final call to New York, the iconic passenger vessel elegantly sailed through New York Harbor for the last time, escorted by the U.S. Coast Guard and FDNY Fireboats, meeting her sister ship Queen Mary 2 for their final Royal Rendezvous at the Statue of Liberty before departing in tandem for Southampton, England.“It is most fitting that QE2’s farewell to America be celebrated in New York, the city Cunard has called our North America homeport since 1847 and the setting for so much of the Line’s history,” said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.last_img read more

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first_imgDanny Boyle says he’s working on script for James Bond film by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2018 8:41 am PDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2018 at 3:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Director and executive producer Danny Boyle, left, poses with creator, writer and executive producer Simon Beaufoy at a special screening of FX Networks’ “Trust” at Florence Gould Hall on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Danny Boyle says he’s working on the script for the next James Bond movie.The British director has been rumoured to be at the top of the list to direct the 25th film in the spy action franchise. He says he’s collaborating with John Hodge, who wrote Boyle’s “Trainspotting” and its 2017 sequel, “T2: Trainspotting.”Boyle says the two are “working on a script at the moment.” He says he can’t offer more details.MGM, which produces James Bond films, has not confirmed who will direct the next installment.Boyle made the comments on the red carpet Wednesday at the New York premiere of “Trust.”The 10-part television miniseries on the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III premieres on FX at 10 p.m. Eastern on March 25.last_img read more

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first_img by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2018 7:28 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ari’el Stachel wins Tony with tears over ‘The Band’s Visit’ NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ari’el Stachel, tears in his eyes, thanked his parents for their love and support throughout a childhood spent hoping nobody would notice their roots.“For so many years of my life I pretended I was not a Middle Eastern person,” he said Sunday as he collected a Tony best featured actor in a musical for his role of Haled in “The Band’s Visit.His Haled, a ladies man and trumpet player in the story’s Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, was his Broadway debut. The story, based on a language miscommunication, has the orchestra stranded in a small Israel town in the middle of the Negev Desert, where the Egyptians encounter townspeople who are both friendly and wary of the strangers but provide assistance nevertheless.In addition to his parents, who glowed in the audience, Stachel thanked the show’s creators for courage in “telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along at a time that we need that more than ever.”He added: “I am part of a cast of actors who never believed that they’d be able to portray their own races, and we’re doing that.” For their trouble, they’ve received messages of thanks from young people all over the Middle East in praise of such a “transformative” play.Stachel’s message back? “I want any kid who’s watching to know that your biggest obstacle may turn into your purpose.”Stachel is a Berkeley, California, native who has appeared on CBS’ “Blue Bloods” and the Netflix/Marvel series “Jessica Jones.” He’s a graduate of New York University’s Tish drama department.center_img Ari’el Stachel accepts the award for featured Actor in a musical for “The Band’s Visit” at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) last_img read more

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first_img by Shawn Marsh, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2018 7:42 am PDT Last Updated Jul 9, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actor Tab Hunter, star of ‘Damn Yankees’ movie, dies age 86 Tab Hunter, the blond actor and singer who was a heartthrob for millions of teenagers in the 1950s with such films as “Battle Cry” and “Damn Yankees” and received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay, has died. He was 86.Producer and spouse Allan Glaser said Hunter died Sunday of a blood clot in his leg that caused cardiac arrest. Glaser called the death “sudden and unexpected.”Hunter was a star for several years. In addition to his hit movies, his recording of “Young Love” topped the Billboard pop chart in 1957.But in his 2005 memoir, “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star,” Hunter recounted the stresses of being a love object to millions of young women when he was, in reality, a gay man.“I believed, wholeheartedly — still do — that a person’s happiness depends on being true to themselves,” he wrote. “The dilemma, of course, that was being true to myself — and I’m talking sexually now — was impossible in 1953.”Among those stars honouring Hunter on Monday included Harvey Fierstein, who called Hunter a “gay icon” and a “true gentleman” on Twitter, adding, “We shared some good laughs back in the 80’s. I was always fond of this dear man.”Zachary Quinto on Instagram also cheered Hunter’s “vital and generous nature” and called him a “pioneer of self-acceptance” who moved through the world “with authenticity as his guide.” GLAAD tweeted “Our hearts are with Tab’s loved ones.”Born Arthur Andrew Kelm, his screen tab (slang for “name” at the time) was fabricated by Henry Willson, the same talent agent who came up with the names Rock Hudson and Rory Calhoun.The legend goes that Willson said to the young man: “We’ve got to find something to tab you with. Do you have any hobbies?” His client answered, “I ride horses. Hunters.” Agent: “That’s it! We’ll call you Tab Hunter.”With no dramatic training, Hunter was cast in a minor role in the 1950 drama, “The Lawless.” The fuss over the young actor began two years later when he appeared bare-chested opposite Linda Darnell in the British-made “Island of Desire.” Soon his handsome face and muscular build appeared on magazine covers. Warner Bros., alert to the increasingly important youth market, signed him to a contract.Hunter made a flurry of movies in the latter half of the 1950s, aimed at capitalizing on his popularity with young girls. The films included such war dramas as “Battle Cry” (with Van Heflin) and “Lafayette Escadrille” (Clint Eastwood in a small role). He made the Westerns “The Burning Hills” (Natalie Wood) and “They Came to Cordura” (Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth). And he made romantic comedies like “The Pleasure of His Company” (Fred Astaire, Debbie Reynolds.)A highlight was the 1958 “Damn Yankees,” an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical with Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston in their Tony-winning New York roles and the original director, George Abbott, sharing direction with Stanley Donen. The New York Times’ critic noted that Hunter “has the clean, naive look of a lad breaking into the big leagues and into the magical company of a first-rate star.”Besides the movies, he displayed his athletic skills — he had been a figure skater as well as horseman — in a TV special, “Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates.”As with so many pop idols, his fans grew up and a new generation sought other favourites. His slide followed the classic pattern: to a television series (“The Tab Hunter Show,” on NBC, 1960-62); European films (“The Golden Arrow”) and cheap kid flicks (“Ride the Wild Surf.”) In his memoir, he took pains to note that “Ride the Wild Surf” was his only beach-party movie; his “Operation Bikini,” despite its title, was “yet another war movie.”Over the years, he also played small roles in “The Loved One,” ”The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean” and “Grease 2.”In the 1980s, he won new fans by appearing in cult movies with Divine, the 300-pound drag performer, notably John Waters’ 1981 “Polyester” and Paul Bartel’s 1985 “Lust in the Dust,” co-produced by Hunter himself.Of “Polyester,” Hunter wrote: “Everybody got the joke. … For both John and me, our collaboration paid huge dividends: I’d helped ‘legitimize’ his brand of movie, and he made me ‘hip’ overnight.”Hunter appeared on Broadway in 1964 in Tennessee Williams’ “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore” opposite the formidable Tallulah Bankhead. The play closed within days, and he said it was “completely buried under Tallulah’s offhanded trademark campiness.”Hunter was born in 1931 in New York City, the second son of a mechanic and his German immigrant wife. His father left the family two years later and the boy took his mother’s name, Gelien. Young Arthur Gelien grew up in San Francisco and Long Beach, California, and joined the Coast Guard at 15, lying about his age.While in New York, he saw Broadway plays and became interested in acting. Back in California, Willson arranged for a two-word role in a small Western, “The Lawless.” He got $500 and a new name.In his memoir, he said that his career flourished despite some innuendo and smear articles in the scandal sheets — “clear evidence that despite its self-righteous claims, ‘Confidential’ magazine did not influence the taste and opinions of mainstream America.”Writing the book was difficult, he told The Associated Press in 2005, “because I’m a really private person. I grew up full of denial. I just didn’t like any suggestions or questioning of my sexuality.”In 1960, Hunter’s boy-next-door reputation did take a hit when he was charged with cruelty for allegedly beating his dog. (He was acquitted.) In recent years, Hunter appeared in dinner theatres and organized film projects. After living on a ranch in New Mexico for a time, he took a home in Montecito in Santa Barbara County with Glaser.He didn’t dwell on his Hollywood career or regret losing it. “I had my fling, and I was very fortunate,” he remarked. “But that’s all in my past.”___The late AP Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas contributed to this report.center_img FILE – This July 27, 1959 file photo shows actor Tab Hunter, left, with actress Tuesday Weld at a dinner reception in Los Angeles. Hunter, the blond actor and singer who was the heartthrob of millions of teenage girls in the 1950s, and received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay, died on Sunday, July 8, 2018. 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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2018 11:15 am PDT AP names Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s ‘X’ its top song of 2018 NEW YORK — The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.1. Nicky Jam and J Balvin, “X”: Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X” is not just the Latin song of the year — it is SIMPLY THE SONG OF THE YEAR. A year after the uber-successful “Despacito,” comes “X” — a fusion of Latin, reggae and dancehall sounds and the perfect song to listen to while getting ready to go out, at a club or even while you’re cleaning or cooking. “X” is addictive and the beat will move your bones, even if you’re not trying to move. Just don’t fight the feeling.2. Toni Braxton, “Long as I Live”: Toni Braxton’s R&B classics from the 90’s and 2000’s still sound iconic today, and her latest single, “Long as I Live,” allows you to feel nostalgic, while not getting stuck in the past. Toni’s still got it.3. Jussie Smollett, “Ha Ha (I Love You)”: This Quiet Storm anthem shows that while playing Jamal Lyon on “Empire” helped make Jussie Smollett famous, he sounds even better when he’s singing his own songs.4. Joji, “Slow Dancing in the Dark”: This burning R&B number is unforgettable.5. Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”: The song of the summer sounds good in the fall and winter, too.6. Kendrick Lamar and SZA, “All the Stars”: The star of “All the Stars” may seem to be Kendrick Lamar — and while he shines on the song — it’s really SZA’s sing-a-long hook and killer second verse that makes this “Black Panther” track one of the year’s best.7. Normani and Khalid, “Love Lies”: With all of the Fifth Harmony singers going solo, Normani is the one to look out for. The proof: “Love Lies.”8. XXXTentacion, “SAD!”: So many rappers died young this year, and it’s sad to see so much talent not live up to its full potential. XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” was already a hit before he died, but after his death, the song, and his music, took on new life.9. Drake, “In My Feelings”: Don’t front — this is your jam, too! Hey, Keke!10. Lykke Li, “Sex Money Feelings Die”: Hit play, and dance.Honourable mention: Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle”; Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, “I Like It”; Jorja Smith, “Blue Lights”; Dan + Shay, “Tequila”; Lauren Daigle, “You Say”; Ty Dolla $ign, Khalid and 6LACK, “OTW”; John Mayer, “New Light”; Janelle Monae, “Pynk.”Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2018 file photo, Nicky Jam, left, and J Balvin perform at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. Their song “X” is named as one of the top songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON — Parents and coaches co-operating with investigators in the college admissions bribery scandal could spell trouble for those still fighting the charges and lead investigators to new targets.Since authorities arrested dozens of parents and coaches in March, former coaches at the universities of Texas at Austin and Southern California have signed co-operation agreements.A couple who agreed to plead guilty to paying $600,000 in bribes to get their daughters into two California schools also recently revealed they are working with investigators.They could be key witnesses in cases against other defendants.Former federal prosecutor Bradley Simon says their co-operation also likely means there will be a new wave of indictments.Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Press FILE – In this April 3, 2019 file photo, TobyMacFarlane departs federal court in Boston after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Authorities said Tuesday, April 23, that MacFarlane, a former senior executive at a title insurance company, will plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy and cooperate with federal authorities in the case. (AP Photos/Michael Dwyer, File) by Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2019 3:08 am PDT Big worry for college scandal suspects: Their co-defendantslast_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this April 15, 2012, file photo, Guns N’ Roses performs with singer Myles Kennedy after their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The rock band is accusing a Colorado brewery of stealing their brand and piggybacking off their fame to sell beer and merchandise. The band filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Thursday, May 9, 2019, against Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery, which sells Guns ‘N’ Rosé beer and merchandise, including bandannas the group says is uniquely associated with singer Axl Rose. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2019 10:43 am PDT Last Updated May 11, 2019 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — The rock band Guns N’ Roses is accusing a Colorado brewery of piggybacking off their fame to sell beer and merchandise.The band filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Thursday against Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery, which sells Guns ‘N’ Rosé beer and merchandise and bandannas the group says are associated with singer Axl Rose.The complaint says Oskar Blues applied to trademark Guns ‘N’ Rosé last year and abandoned the effort after the band objected.The lawsuit says the brewery is still selling the beer and the merchandise.The band wants a court order blocking the brewery from misappropriating its name, destroying the products and turning over profits from Guns ‘N’ Rosé and other monetary awards.Oskar Blues marketing director Kyle Ingram did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.The Associated Presscenter_img Guns N’ Roses sues brewery over its ‘Guns ‘N’ Rosé’ beerlast_img read more

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first_imgNew inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame include Coombs, Arnett, Klassen, Gehry TORONTO — The late “Mr. Dressup” children’s entertainer Ernie Coombs, actor Will Arnett, and Olympic speedskater Cindy Klassen are among the new inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame.Organizers announced the class of 2019 Thursday evening, noting two more inductees will be revealed at a later date.Other names on this year’s list include rock band Triumph, architect Frank Gehry, and Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier.The new inductees also include “Dragons’ Den” entrepreneur and pizza-chain mogul Jim Treliving, and the late physician and basketball inventor Dr. James Naismith.The annual walk of fame event honours accomplishments in fields including music, sports, film and television, literary, visual and performing arts, science, innovation, philanthropy and social justice.This year’s inductions will take place at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Nov. 23.The show will broadcast in December on CTV.“We are building a much more robust national platform to shine a bright light on these extraordinary Canadians who join the amazing inductees of the past 20 years,” Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame, said in a statement.The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2019 5:39 pm PDTlast_img read more

December 29 2010This continues our report of the

first_imgDecember 29, 2010This continues our report of the opening and dedication of the PAOLO SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA. The public opening and dedication was held on Saturday, December 11, with the official dedication ceremonies and speakers scheduled between 11 am and 2 pm. There were many other activities and events throughout the day including experimental live music by Elektrobahn and various children’s activities. The day concluded with a panel discussion and slide show at the Library and a guided tour of the Paolo Soleri exhibit at the SMoCA.Here we see the Arcosanti information booth, tended by Arcosanti residents with their black clothes and white parasols.[photo: Tomiaki Tamura] Children’s activities were on the lawns along the side of the canal and included plein air painting by the Scottsdale Artists School and silt casting opportunities provided by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Ice sculptures by the Summit Schools Vitruvius Program melted during the day to reveal design motifs from Paolo Soleri’s work:  arcology and bridges.[photo: sue] After the bridge dedication the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and presented a lecture and panel discussion at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. Alan Hess, architectural critic and author, presented the lecture, “Organic Architecture and the Work of Paolo Soleri.” Soleri’s body of work was discussed in the context of the national organic architecture movement and its history. Paolo Soleri was present and commented on the ideas discussed, rejecting the label “organic.”Four other architectural experts presented lecture/slide shows: Phoenix Architect Will Bruder, AIA (Arcosanti alumnus);  John Meunier, AIA, Professor of Architecture at Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University; Jeffrey Stein, AIA, Dean of Boston Architectural College (Arcosanti alumnus); and Peter Zweig, FAIA, Professor of Design at University of Houston (Arcosanti alumnus.)The panel discussion was facilitated by Tim Rodgers, PhD, Director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. A lively discussion between the panel members and Paolo Soleri did not leave much time for questions from the audience. The questions continued on the walk between the library and  SMoCA, where a guided tour of the exhibit, “Bridges: Spanning the Ideas of Paolo Soleri” was scheduled.[from left: Tim Rodgers, Peter Zweig, Jeff Stein, John Meunier and Will Bruder][photo: sue]center_img Tomiaki Tamura, Guest Curator and Cosanti Foundation Director and SMoCA Assistant Curator Claire Carter led the tour of the exhibit, “Bridges: Spanning the Ideas of Paolo Soleri” at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. This exhibition of drawings, models and video documentation will close January 23, 2011.[photo: Tomiaki Tamura]last_img read more

September 21 2016This years Italian Night THE ROB

first_imgSeptember 21, 2016This years Italian Night THE ROBES OF ST. ANNE was a super dynamic performance on stilts that moved the audience across the site from the Visitors Center to the Ceramics Apse, to the Pool and ended up with a ‘tour de force’ in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater.[photo by Erin O’Loughlin] September 24(Sat) – FUSE FESTIVALFestival Uniting Spectacle + Ensemble. The FUSE Festival encompasses the public performance events of the Global Stilt Congress. On two of the GSC weekends performances will be presented to the general public.>>> More details about the FUSE Festival are available at Global Stilt Congress 2016 website.[photo by Sue Kirsch] Created in 2014, The Robes of St-Anne is a co-production of ST. ANNE[photo by Sue Kirsch]The show gathered originally 30 Stilt walkers from the United States, New Brunswick and Montréal to created a In situ Performance inspired by Acadian and Mik’Maq legends.[photo by Sue Kirsch]The Robes of St-Anne was adapted for the Arcosanti space for the Festival Fuse 2016.[photo by Sue Kirsch]The Robes of St-Anne : A nostalgic fisherman, the gossiping ”villageoises” and the flamboyant shooting stars tell the story of how the great St-Anne brought back hope to a hungry village…[photo by Erin O’Loughlin]Inspired from legends of the Mi’kmaq Natives, The Robes of St-Anne stretches out from the mountain to the sea.An itinerant and interactive show uniting stilt acrobatics, dance and physical theatre.[photo by Erin O’Loughlin]We will post additional photos of this performance on Friday, September 23. 2016.September 10–24, 2016Global Stilt Congress is an annual gathering hosted by The Carpetbag Brigade at Arcosanti. It serves as an arena for stilt-oriented performers and practitioners to come together, exchange skills, develop craft, and strengthen our stilt community and network.During Global Stilt Congress invited teachers and directors share their techniques, compositional strategies and life experiences through classes, lectures, and a culminating site specific performance project.Global Stilt Congress is two weeks in length. The 1st week focuses on sharing techniques and the 2nd week focuses on a creative process resulting in a site-responsive performance at Arcosanti.[photo by Sue Kirsch]last_img read more

Pilot cancer screenings saving lives

first_imgVoluntary scheme in Larnaca showing extent of possible colon cancerBy Evie AndreouTHE INITIAL results of a voluntary pilot screening test to detect and prevent colon cancer, currently being carried out by the health ministry, has already helped saved lives.The test, started in April 2013 in the Larnaca district, showed a significant number of high risk cases for developing colon cancer which if diagnosed early is completely curable. The problem is it rarely presents any symptoms except in the final stages.Worldwide, colon cancer is among the most common forms of cancer. According to the health ministry’s statistics, each year around 350 new cases are detected in Cyprus, and around 100 people die annually from colon cancer.“It is the most common cancer among both sexes; in men lung cancer is first and in women breast cancer, but jointly it is number one,” said Dr Stala Kioupi, health ministry medical officer and coordinator of the colon cancer screening test.So far five communities in the Larnaca district have been invited to take the test, and the aim is to test every community and municipality in the area. The project should be completed by the end of 2015, with the goal to implement it on a national level.The screening test targets people aged between 50 and 69, the age group most at risk of developing colon cancer.“We chose Larnaca because the population of people aged between 50 and 69, around 24,000, is enough to help us get the indicative results needed to draw conclusions and help us get support to implement the programme island-wide,” Kioupi said.Athienou was the first municipality tested and the most successful in terms of participation, as 45 per cent of the 1018 people in the target age group invited to take the test responded. The tests showed 38 positive results including two high risk cases.In Aradippou 3,300 residents were offered tests. Of the 23 per cent which responded, 53 per cent showed positive results including two high-risk cases.“They might mean nothing to you, but these results, they are the results that define the future of this programme. They are shocking because we have small communities with a very small number of inhabitants and with two or three cancer cases,” Kioupi said.“Screening tests are important because if we detect a disease before it presents any symptoms, we prevent the development of a disease with the result of timely medical intervention.”The ministry is still receiving results from Dromolaxia, Meneou and Kiti, where among the 2900 people invited to get tested, 26 positive results have so far been found including three high-risk cases.She said that the scheme has the full support of Health Minister Philippos Patsalis and one of his priorities is to secure funds to computerise the screening programmes.“There many clues that computerisation might give us, because there are many factors that may lead to higher percentages of cancer in some areas than others, nutrition, environment, stress etc,” Kioupi said.Residents of Tersefanou and Pervolia have also been invited to take tests.To find if there are abnormalities in the colon, such as polypi – some types of which can evolve into cancer – the histochemical method is used to detect blood in the faeces, Kioupi explained.“If the polypus remains in the colon for five years, it may evolve into cancer. High risk means that it is about to reach a pre-cancer stage,” Kioupi said.In cases where positive results are found, a patient is directed to one of three private sector gastroenterologists, from which the ministry is paying for services, to do a colonoscopy. The removal of any polypi is then sent for biopsy.The health ministry covers costs of the initial test, the first colonoscopy and the biopsy on any polypi found.“If a second colonoscopy is needed, or the biopsy shows that it is cancer, from that point on the patient bears the costs. It is their decision if they are beneficiaries to seek treatment in a state hospital or go to the private sector,” Kioupi said.She said that the ministry is trying to find ways to get more people to come and listen to publicity events organised in the communities they visit.“People need to stop being afraid of the word cancer. They must try and prevent it from happening to them,” Kioupi said.Dora Constantinidou, campaign manager of cancer patients and friends association PASYKAF, said that the test can help reduce deaths by more than 50 per cent and save lives.“It is especially important that this programme started. Recipients should consider this test invitation as the greatest gift they receive through the post office,” she said.She added that in the case of people with a family history of colorectal cancer, the next generation must be tested 10 years earlier than the age the cancer appeared in their parents.Constantinidou sad that PASYKAF helps raise awareness by arranging for experts to inform people on colon cancer through various charity events organised by private individuals and organisations, called ‘Kafes tis agapis’ and through other events.You May LikeYahoo SearchMobility Reimagined – Research Stair Lifts Rowland Heights CaliforniaYahoo SearchUndoLuxury Crossover Vehicle | Search AdsThese Crossovers Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover Vehicle DealsLuxury Crossover Vehicle | Search AdsUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? 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MPs prepare to take on threat to ban foreign doctors from Gesy

first_imgAn amendment to the law which would prevent the Cyprus Medical Association (CyMA) from stopping the employment of foreign doctors in the National Health Scheme (Gesy) will be tabled on Friday by the Citizens Alliance, its president Giorgos Lillikas said on Monday.Following CyMA’s decision last week to officially call on its members to refrain from joining Gesy, the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) – in charge of implementing Gesy – has intensified efforts towards processing various contingency plans ahead of implementing Gesy in June.Should Cypriot doctors, and especially those in primary healthcare, refuse to participate, the HIO will on the basis of a European directive call for doctors from other EU countries.Following speculations that this would include bringing in doctors from Greece, CyMA’s deputy head, Marios Karaiskakis, warned on Friday that the association has the authority to refuse to grant medical licences if it deems it would threaten local physicians.“In other words, are they telling us they would bring in strike-breakers?” Karaiskakis told Alpha TV on Friday.In response, Lillikas said on Monday that an amendment to current legislation to be tabled on Friday will seek to open the market to foreign doctors, claiming that current legislation is prone to “exploitation so that the health sector is kept hostage to the interests of some”.Later on Monday, CyMA announced that 37 of its 43 member medical associations have ratified the decision of its medical board not to back Gesy.The medical societies in question, CyMa said, expressed their support and solidarity with the association’s medical board.In the wake of CyMA’s call to boycott Gesy, citing the refusal of the government to allow doctors who join Gesy to also practise privately, the HIO has launched a new information campaign, targeting doctors of different medical specialities.The move follows requests by doctors themselves to be better informed regarding the procedure for their participation in Gesy and their fees.The HIO has also been busy developing several other contingency plans for possible scenarios that may disrupt efforts to implement Gesy.For example, as shown by the registrations of doctors to the training seminars organised by the HIO in the coming days, a shortage of doctors signing up for Gesy is more likely among paediatricians rather than general practitioners for adults.As such, the HIO is developing a possible solution which will reduce the age until which minors visit paediatricians from 15 to 14 or 13 years old.The HIO is also considering cooperating more closely with the organisation of state health services (Okypy) in view of using their facilities.The cooperation with private hospitals was also considered, though this seems unlikely following the firm rejection on Saturday by the association of private hospitals (Pasin) to join Gesy.Pasin likened joining Gesy to “jumping into the abyss”, after the group’s spokesman, who had said they were ready to enter into dialogue with the government, resigned on Friday.The full list of the 37 medical specialities refusing to join Gesy are: the pulmonary medical society, that of physical medicine and rehabilitation, pathologists, haematologists, gynaecologists and obstetricians, nephrologists, radiologists, neurosurgeons, rheumatologists, urologists, orthopaedic surgeons and traumatologists, nuclear medicine doctors, plastic surgeons, neurologists, acupuncturists, biopathologists – microbiologists, otorhinolaryngologists, dermatologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, thoracic surgeons, vascular and intravascular surgeons, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, paediatricians, endocrinologists, colposcopy and cervical pathologists, perinatal doctors, general physicians, ophthalmologists, intensivists, hypertension specialists, forensic pathologists, family doctors, diabeticians, child psychiatrists, paediatric surgeons  and anaesthesiologists.   You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Canfield M143 project shows Legislatures commitment to roads

first_img11Jul Rep. Canfield: M-143 project shows Legislature’s commitment to roads Categories: Canfield News,News 2017-18 budget has record amount for transportation systemState Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., said work began this week on repaving a portion of M-142 in Huron County demonstrates the Legislature’s increased commitment to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.Canfield, of Sebewaing, said the $709,000 project will resurface the highway from Weale Road to west of the village of Elkton. The highway will remain open during the work, which is expected to be completed in August.“We heard what people said about the condition of Michigan’s transportation system, and took action,” Canfield said. “We will invest a record amount of money to fix our roads, bridges and underground water systems in the coming budget that was recently approved by the House and Senate. We can no longer tolerate substandard infrastructure that puts families at risk and slows the growth of our economy.”Canfield said bills passed by the Legislature also strengthen warranties so road repairs will last longer.“We had roads going bad in two or three years and needing repair or total replacement,” Canfield said. “That was not an efficient use of the money taxpayers entrust to us. We want warranties for the transportation system that enable us to get the most out of every taxpayer dollar.”#####last_img read more

Rep Lucido bill clarifies obstructed license plate

first_img23Aug Rep. Lucido bill clarifies obstructed license plate State Rep. Peter Lucido on Wednesday introduced legislation that clarifies the definition of a clearly visible license plate for the safety of Michigan drivers.The bill is in response to a Michigan Supreme Court case People v. Dunbar, which found the current law can be enforced against tow balls and bike racks.“While it is important to ensure license plates are visible, we also need to ensure the law isn’t overly broad,” said Rep. Lucido, of Shelby Township. “We encourage people to go camping, biking, and exploring in our great state, and with the recent Supreme Court place saying the law doesn’t cover these activities, we need to change the law.”In People v. Dunbar, the Michigan Supreme Court held a tow ball placed by the owner of the vehicle creates an illegal obstruction, since it was not an obstruction which was outside of the owners control. House Bill 4881 would clarify this law to be the registration plate is free from an obstruction that is physically present on the plate.House Bill 4881 was referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.### Categories: Lucido Newslast_img read more

Rep Lilly Benefit promises made to first responders should be promises kept

first_img07Dec Rep. Lilly: Benefit promises made to first responders should be promises kept Categories: Lilly News,News State Representative Jim Lilly today offered votes of support for House bills prioritizing and safeguarding retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees.“Police officers and firefighters serve their communities and protect their neighbors every day they are on the job. We need to make sure they are protected in terms of retirement and health care benefits,” said Lilly, of Park Township. “This is not a plan designed to put the state in control of benefits. It’s a plan to help safeguard benefits.”The new proposal provides an initial detection system using transparency and proper reporting from local governments each year to identify ones at financial risk due to underfunded retirement plans. The need for greater reporting and data collection from local governments follows specific recommendations outlined by a task force assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder.Communities will be examined annually through a fiscal evaluation and municipalities failing to meet recommended criteria to alleviate their debts will be identified as underfunded. Local governments will be tasked with rectifying their unique funding concerns.“Due to sound financial management, I am pleased communities within the 89th district have been making sufficient payments into benefit plans. But that’s not the case elsewhere in the state,” said Lilly. “If communities go bankrupt, that is a burden the whole state will endure and police and fire retirees in affected areas could lose some or all of their benefits at the hands of a federal bankruptcy judge. We don’t want it to get that far. We want to make sure locals have the information and research needed to solve issues.”The bill mandates a minimum level of pre-funding for new hires to ensure every local unit has a start in funding municipal retirement plans. As the committee’s vice chair, Lilly helped advance House Bill 5298 through the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee on Tuesday.“These proposals offer the tools to help communities start toward better plan funding,” said Lilly. It’s a plan that cultivates a healthy financial future with stronger Michigan communities.”House Bill 5298 and companion bills move to the Senate for further consideration.last_img read more